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The Defense Line: Fall 2012

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Editor’s Corner

The Editors are proud to publish this latest edition of The Defense Line, which features several interesting articles and case spotlights from our members. The lead article, submitted by Neal M. Brown and Christina N. Billiet of Waranch & Brown, LLC, provides insight into settlement and the decision to include wrongful death language into the settlement release. An article by James L. Thompson discusses the features of a website that was developed to evaluate trial judges. Tony W. Torain, II of Semmes, Bowen & Semmes provides an overview of what it takes to become a judge. Finally, Donna E. McBride of Miller, Miller & Canby writes about the law of respondeat superior in Maryland.

The Maryland Defense Counsel has had a number of successful events since the last edition of The Defense Line, including the always popular Past Presidents Reception. Mark your calendars now for Maryland Defense Counsel’s Trial Academy, which will take place on April 11, 2013! The Editors encourage our readers to visit the Maryland Defense Counsel website ( for full information on the organization’s upcoming events.

The Editors sincerely hope that the members of the Maryland Defense Counsel enjoy this issue of The Defense Line. In that regard, if you have any comments or suggestions or would like to submit an article or case spotlight for a future edition of The Defense Line, please feel free to contact the members of the Editorial Staff.

Editorial Staff

Matthew T. Wagman
Leianne S. McEvoy
Laurie Ann Garey
Matthew T. Wagman
Miles & Stockbridge P.C.
(410) 385-3859
Leianne S. McEvoy
Miles & Stockbridge P.C.
(410) 385-3823
Laurie Ann Garey
Progressive Casualty Ins. Co.
(410) 553-2786


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